Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The top 10 Agatha Christie mysteries

John Curran lives in Dublin where he works for Dublin City Council. A lifelong Christie fan, for many years he edited the official Agatha Christie Newsletter. He acted as a consultant to the National Trust during the restoration of Greenway House, Dame Agatha’s Devon home. He is working with her grandson, Mathew Prichard, to establish an Agatha Christie Archive.

Curran's book Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks is now available in the UK.

For the Guardian, he selected a top ten list of Agatha Christie mysteries.

One book on his list:
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)

Hercule Poirot has retired to the village of King's Abbot to cultivate marrows. But when wealthy Roger Ackroyd is found stabbed in his study, he agrees to investigate. A typical village murder mystery; or so it seems until the last chapter with its stunning revelation. This title would still be discussed today even if Christie had never written another book. An unmissable, and still controversial, milestone of detective fiction.
Read about another book on the list.

Visit John Curran's website and blog.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of Lisa Scottoline's top ten books about justice.

--Marshal Zeringue